Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Jr/Sr Colloquium

At Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), faculty and students pursue mission-based teaching, research, and outreach that address real-world problems. However, only a few students who major in agriculture, food and related disciplines demonstrate significant enthusiasm for creating their own companies and pursuing entrepreneurship after graduation. Up till December 2012, SEBS offered no undergraduate courses on entrepreneurship specifically targeted at Production Agriculture and Food (PA&F).  In 2012, Rutgers SEBS received a grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) to support the creation of Entrepreneurial Agriculture (EA), a course designed to promote value creation in PA&F through Entrepreneurship Teams (E-Teams).  In the course, students learn the basics of entrepreneurship and develop an innovation in PA&F.

In addition, EA students participate in a competitive summer internship program focused on the PA&F industry, receiving hands-on experience and learning which new inventions could add value. Students compete for the internship by presenting a product or service idea that they wish to explore through a hands-on summer internship. The internships are not job placement opportunities; rather, students are exposed to the real world experience in their area of interest and are encouraged to return to Rutgers post internship and be supported to develop new products and ventures.

Finally, the grant supports Rutgers’ Students E-Team (RU-SET), a club which mission is to promote entrepreneurship in the PA&F industry.